Made from 40 small (1⁄4 to 1 hectare) vineyards owned by the indigenous community Los Amaichas, located at 2,200 meters above sea level, in Amaicha del Valle, a dramatic desert settlement high in the Andes mountains. The soils are alluvial with a large amount of sand and rocks. The poor soils, wide temperature variations and long maturation time due to the extreme altitude produce a very hardy Malbec grape.
A celebration of ancient terrors, SUMAK KAWSAY (“The Good Life” in the native dialect) is produced with minimal intervention and a deep
respect for mother earth. The vineyards are looked after using ancient techniques and the harvest is done by hand, with the essential assistance of mules.
It is fermented (100% indigenous yeasts) in concrete tanks at controlled temperature, with cold pre-fermentation for 4 days at 10°C. 50% of the wine is aged 15 months in tank and 50% in used French Oak barrels. Unfiltered and unclarified.
An intensely aromatic wine with scents of cherry, dried fruits and graphite, with notes of honey and chocolate from long barrel aging.